It’s only a matter of time until the Green Bay Packers part ways with star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The team has been rumored to send the Super Bowl Champion off in a trade with the New York Jets. Former first-round pick Jordan Love appears to be his successor. However, the team may look to further shore up their QB depth.
NFL teams are allowed to bring in up to 30 players ahead of the NFL Draft, calling it a “top 30 visit”. That undoubtedly makes these visits incredibly important and teams must be selective with who they bring in.
The Packers decided to use one of these on a very surprising quarterback prospect. According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, the Packers will be bringing in Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford for a visit on Tuesday.
The Packers are continuing their predraft quarterback work.
Penn State's Sean Clifford, the Rose Bowl offensive MVP, will meet with the Packers tomorrow on a Top 30 visit.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) April 10, 2023
Clifford had a respectable five year career at Penn State, but isn’t exactly seen by most to be a future starting caliber quarterback. Most draft projections have him as a borderline Day 3 selection, with a possibility of going undrafted all together.
Many around the NFL world took notice of this news and are very surprised that the Packers are using one of these visits on Clifford.
How to waste a visit written by the Green Bay Packers
— Donnie 'RightSide' Seymour (@RightSideVP) April 10, 2023
— Tyler Brooke (@TylerDBrooke) April 10, 2023
— Brendan Sugrue (@BrendanSugrue) April 10, 2023
don't see a rose bowl win on the wikipedia pages for brett favre or aaron rodgers, interesting https://t.co/LIkD88uLRb
— Bill DiFilippo (@billdifilippo) April 10, 2023
I can’t find one website that has Sean Clifford ranked as a top 10 QB in this class.
The Packers can’t be serious! https://t.co/k0zg9MbVsh
— Kevin Walsh Jr. (@TheKevinWalsh) April 10, 2023
Jordan Love (drafted in 2020) and Sean Clifford are both 24 years old
— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) April 10, 2023
Perhaps the most shocking part of the Packers interest in Clifford is that he is actually the same age as Jordan Love, so he wouldn’t exactly be a mentor for him if they did ultimately draft him.
It is certainly a surprising move the the Packers. However, maybe they know something about Clifford that the rest of the NFL world doesn’t see at this point.